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Total Raised for
Give OUT Day 2017:

$726,081


 

RULES & ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION AND PRIZES


 

Nonprofit Participation Eligibility

Nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community are eligible to participate in and raise funds through Give OUT Day. To be eligible to participate in Give OUT Day, organizations must be one of the following:

  • An incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the LGBTQ community (for example, through health/human services (including HIV/AIDS service organizations primarily serving an LGBTQ constituency), social/recreational activities, arts and culture, faith-based, legal support, research, public education, issue-based services, advocacy,  operating LGBTQ community centers);

  • A fiscally sponsored organization or project (including artists or filmmakers) serving the LGBTQ community, and is receiving monies via an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

  • A PFLAG, GSA, or GLSEN chapter; or

  • A program exclusively serving the LGBTQ community housed within an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a broader mission (e.g., an LGBTQ student center housed in a university or an LGBTQ outreach program at a non-LGBTQ-specific community services organization).

  • Government Agencies are not eligible to participate in Give OUT Day.

  • All nonprofit organizations participating in Give OUT Day are expected to honor and model the highest levels of ethics in fundraising. For a comprehensive Code of Ethics for fundraising, please review the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ ethics codes, or find additional resources at The Foundation Center.

Organizations must certify that they are registered with their state Secretary of State to conduct charitable solicitation. Final approval for eligible participation will be determined by Horizons Foundation/Give OUT Day.

 

Donation Rules & Processes

Any individual may donate to any organization registered for Give OUT Day 2017.

  • Donations through www.GiveOUTDay.org are processed through Click & Pledge's platform. As a PCI Level 1 provider, Click & Pledge offers the highest level of security integrated with its applications.

  • The minimum donation is $10.00. There is no maximum donation limit. Donations are tax-deductible and irrevocable (donations will not be refunded unless a transaction error has occurred). Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only.

  • The nonprofit organization will receive the full donation, less a fee of 3.75% and $0.35/transaction, which covers the credit card processing and administrative costs for Click & Pledge. Horizons Foundation takes no percentage and no fee from donations.

  • Each participating organization will have access to donor names and contact information for gifts made to that organization only. If a donor chooses to make an anonymous donation, the organization will still have access to that donor's information, but the donation will appear as "anonymous" on the organization's Give OUT Day profile page.

  • Horizons Foundation, as the organizer of Give OUT Day, will also have access to donor names and contact information which will be used for evaluation and future Give OUT Day outreach. Horizons will not share this information with nonprofit organizations, marketers, or any other third party.
     

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofit Organizations.

 

 

Leaderboard Prizes

Give OUT Day leaderboards are designed as a way to bring an element of competition to this 24-hour giving day. "Giving days" across the country have shown that such prizes give organizations excellent tools for activating board members, volunteers, and donors to participate.

 

General Prize Rules

  • It is each organization's responsibility to ensure accurate placement on national, regional, or specialized leaderboards by filling out the Participant Survey and verifying accurate placement when notified by Horizons Foundation.

  • Leaderboard prizes are subject to verification by Horizons Foundation staff. Winners will be announced and notified within 5 business days after Give OUT Day. Your organization should not assume leaderboard placements as of 11:59pm EST on Give OUT Day are final until notified by Horizons Foundation.

  • Prizes for all leaderboards will be awarded to the organizations that receive donations from the most unique donors.

  • A unique donor is a single individual who is making a gift (i.e. Jane Doe). Unique donors are identified by their unique email addresses entered at the time of the donation transactions. If a donor gives to the same nonprofit multiple times, you will be counted as a unique donor only for the first donation transaction. If you plan to donate to multiple organizations, you will be counted as unique for only the first donation to each organization page based on the entered email address.

  • Anonymous donations with no identifying name and email address will not count toward the unique donor total. This means if your organization hosts a live event or input donations directly in the Click & Pledge system, you must collect first name, last name, and an email address for each donation to count toward your unique donor total.

  • If the Give OUT Day organizers discover that an individual makes multiple gifts to the same organization using different email addresses, all but the first donation will be excluded from the total unique donor tally.

  • A person can be a unique donor to multiple organizations (meaning that if Jane Doe made a gift to group A and a gift to group B, she would count as a unique donor for each group).

  • In the spirit of Give OUT Day, to get much-needed funds to as many organizations as possible, organizations are eligible to win only 1 Give OUT Day leaderboard prize. In the event that an organization comes in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd on more than one leaderboard, they will be awarded the prize with the highest value and the organization with the next highest number of unique donors will take the lesser value prize.

  • In the event of a tie, the two tying organizations will split the prize they tied for combined with the next prize below.

    • If there is a tie for 1st place on any leaderboard, we will combine the 1st and 2nd place prizes and split the award to the tied organizations. The 2nd place winner will then take the 3rd  place prize.

    • If there is a tie for 2nd place on any leaderboard, we will combine the 2nd and 3rd place prizes and split the award to the tied organizations. There will then be no 3rd  place winner.

    • If there is a tie for 3rd place, the tied organizations will split the 3rd place prize.

  • Organizations cannot share prizes by joining together for purposes of Give OUT Day (e.g., registering for Give OUT DAY as one organization even though each one is a separate non-profit or standalone program). Each organization must participate on its own for any leaderboard prize. While Horizons understands and generally supports collaboration among organizations, this doesn’t fit with the spirit of the giving day and is not fair to organizations participating on their own. Organizations that are found to be in violation will be disqualified from leaderboard prizes.

  • For nonprofits that are fiscally sponsored or subsidiary programs of larger organizations, organizational budget will be based on the sponsoree/program's own budget, not that of the sponsoring organization.

  • Leaderboards will be displayed on the Give OUT Day website. Leaderboards will display the top groups live on the Give OUT Day homepage throughout the day and will be continuously updated. The scheduled donations will begin showing on the Give OUT Day website after 3:00am EDT. You will be able to monitor your organization's donations through your Click & Pledge account. Final results will be tabulated after the close of the day at 11:59pm EDT on 04.21.2017.

  • Any prizes you win will be paid out by Horizons Foundation or by the sponsoring organizations for a particular leaderboard by check after all prize results are certified by Click & Pledge.

  • Horizons Foundation, in consultation with our leaderboard sponsors, can modify any restrictions or conditions if, in the sole judgment of the organization’s Board of Directors, such restriction or condition becomes unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable purpose of the day. As such, Horizons Foundation reserves the right to deny or condition the distribution of prize grants if, in the judgment of its Board of Directors, such restriction or condition becomes necessary.